Concluding an extended three part review, Wired’s Geekdad Wednesday extoled the benefits, if not the virtues, of the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master’s Guide. Geekdad found the DMG worthy of its heritage, with valuable sections on game mastering advice, running combats, setting traps and skill challenges, and doling out treasure. On 4th Edition overall:

I have only one small concern. Perhaps curmudgeonly, I feel the apple has fallen too far from the tree. The magic of the original D&D has been lost—no, not lost, just changed. Changed radically, to the point where I miss the old rules, warts and all. Is 4E a wonderfully designed, logical and consistent game? Yes. Will it inspire a whole new generation of players? Doubtlessly. Can it save tabletop gaming from obscurity in an era of digital entertainment? If anyone can, D&D 4E can.